Since the year 2000 the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) has been purchasing and protecting privately held forest lands scheduled for logging surrounding the Village of Cumberland. Guided by the shared belief that this forest is now worth more to our community standing than as timber, the society is supported by individuals, families and businesses from Cumberland, across the Comox Valley and beyond.
This beautiful forest is part of both the Trent and Puntledge watersheds and forms an important link in an extensive habitat corridor that connects mountains and lakes to the Salish Sea. The area is part of an interconnected system of forests, creeks, wetlands and riparian areas and is home to Red Legged frogs, Little Brown and Townsend bats, Roosevelt Elk and other at-risk species. This area has also been identified by the Comox Valley Land Trust as top priority for conservation in the Comox Valley.
Over the years, this forest has given a great deal to our community. The Village of Cumberland was built on logging and mining and the Cumberland Forest was a base for both activities. Today an extensive trail network winds its way through the area that contributes significantly to Cumberland’s economy and quality of life. This area is enjoyed by local and visiting hikers, mountain bikers, runners, naturalists, children and families, school groups, artists and many others.
With purchases in 2005 and 2016 totaling over 270 acres, the society is set to make another major purchase this year of 230 acres along Perseverance Creek which is a tributary that flows into Comox Lake (the Comox Valley drinking water supply).The CCFS presents exciting and unique educational and fundraising events throughout the year and there are videos and even a full length documentary about the project available for viewing. Visit www.cumberlandforest.com to find out more.